Scientists Prove How to Value a Bottle of Wine, Just by Feeling its Dimple

Scientists have shown it is possible to value a bottle of wine just by feeling the depth of its dimple. The theory, which until now had been reported to be an urban myth, was proven by making measurements on bottles of wine of different prices. The fact will provide a useful trick for visitors to parties.

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Birmingham, UK (PRWEB) February 28, 2005

A British scientist has shown it is possible to value a bottle of wine just by feeling the depth of its dimple. The theory, which until now had been reported to be an urban myth, was proven by making measurements on bottles of wine of different prices. The fact will provide a useful trick for visitors to parties.

Scientist Dr Karl Blanks, a graduate of the University of Cambridge, was frustrated when his friends dismissed his claim that expensive wines tended to have deeper dimples. A search on the Internet failed to support his belief – in fact some websites claimed the theory was an urban myth.

In response, Dr Blanks created a purpose-made depth gauge and carried out measurements on a large number of bottles of red wine at his local supermarket. The results suggested a clear link between dimple depth and price, which could be best described by the equation

Price of Bottle = (Dimple Depth in Millimetres + $6.65) / 4.314

Statisticians from around the world provided their support to verify that the results were valid. “Although the equation does not tell the whole story”, said Dr Blanks “it clearly demonstrates that there is a relationship.”

So whether you are receiving a bottle of wine as a gift, or making a choice between two bottles at a party, this quirky trick might come in handy.

The home-made depth gauge, which was used to make the measurements, was auctioned on eBay and fetched £2.70 (GBP).

For additional information, it is strongly recommended that you visit http://www.itchysquirrel.com or contact Dr Karl Blanks on +44 7715 809444, or email via the website.

About Dr Karl Blanks:

Dr Karl Blanks graduated with a PhD in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1997 and is now the International Development Director for phone company Mobell Communications Ltd. This project is how he chooses to spend his spare time.

Contact Information:

Karl Blanks

ItchySquirrel.com

+44 121 243 1262

+44 7715 809444 (mobile)

http://www.itchysquirrel.com

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Dr Blanks measuring the depths of the dimples Dr Blanks measuring the depths of the dimples

The file is a photo of Dr Blanks in his local supermarket, measuring the depths of the dimples in the wine bottles.


The graph showing the relationship between the depth of the dimple and the price of the bottle The graph showing the relationship between the depth of the dimple and the price of the bottle

This is a graph of Dr Blanks's measurement. There is clearly a relationship between the depth of the dimples and the price of the bottles of wine. Mathemitical analysis has confirmed that this relationship is statistically valid.